Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Two-Cents on the 2010 Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations are out, and here are my initial reactions:

Best Picture:
I knew that the 10-nomination format was going to be a dud.  With the exception of Avatar, the only other movie with main stream appeal is The Blind Side, and I doubt that was the kind of movie the Academy thought would sneak in thanks to the Dark Knight Rule.  The flicks that were supposed to benefit from the wider field, The Hangover and Star Trek, are no where to be seen. Way to go Oscars!

My Predictions: 7/10

Best Director:
This was probably my best category because I aced the nominations, which is good for me, but kind of boring for category because the top five were pretty predictable.

My Predictions: 5/5

Best Leading Actor:
I knew that my dark horse favorite, Joseph Gordan-Levitt, wasn't going to get the nod, but I held out hope. I still haven't seen The Hurt Locker, so I can't really comment on Renner's nomination, but I'm glad that a smaller film is getting so much love.

My Predictions: 4/5

Best Leading Actress:
Since I have no idea what An Education, or The Young Victoria, is about the last spot for Best Actress was a coin-toss at best between Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria).  To be honest, going 4 out of 5 when it comes to Best Actress is not bad, especially for me.

My Predictions: 4/3

Best Supporting Actor:
Another strong category for me since I went a perfect 5 for 5. Let's just bask in my glory...

My Predictions: 5/5

Best Supporting Actress:
This category was probably the most surprising for me because heavyweight Julianne Moore (A Single Man) was left out in the cold, and neither one of the Iglorious Basterds ladies were given a nomination, while Maggie Gyllenhaal and Penelope Cruz were give nods for Crazy Heart and Nine respectively.  I'm happy for Gyllenhaal and Crazy Heart since it's a smaller picture, but I'm a little surprised about Cruz's nomination since Nine has been critically panned.  Oh well...

My Predictions: 3/5

Best Original Screenplay:
I really thought this was (500) Days of Summer's chance to get to the big show, but it was left out for The Messenger.  I've only heard good things about The Messenger, so I can't be too upset, but I wanted the best quirky, non-romantic comedy of the year to get some recognition.

My Predictions: 4/5

Best Adapted Screenplay:
From what I know about In the Loop, I'm pretty sure its nomination was justified, and I didn't have any strong feelings about A Single Man since I never saw it, so I can't be disappointed about it being left out. Again, I hope this is the category Reitman wins for Up in the Air.

My Predictions: 4/5

Best Animated Feature:
Technically, I went a perfect 3 for 3 with my predications, but I didn't know the Academy was going to nominate five films, so I didn't even think about including a movie like Coraline.  I haven't even heard of The Secret of Kells...

My Predictions: 3/3(5)

Overall Predictions: 39/48

I did a lot better this year by getting over 81% of my predictions right compared to only getting 74% correct last year, which is kind of funny since I really didn't put too much thought into this year's nominations.  As for the awards show itself, I'll probably check it out, but I'm not too thrilled about the idea of dual hosts, even if one of them is Steve Martin.

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